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Downtown ~ "The District"
I just love going downtown (known as "The District") for the afternoon! There are so many bars with different types of music at each one, lots of little shops to browse through, good places to eat, The Ryman, Country Music Hall of Fame, Titan Stadium, Wildhorse Saloon, Hooters (for you guys), the visitor center (for discount coupons & maps), river park... and it's a great place to walk up & down those hills to get a bit of exercise.
Oh... and while you're standing on the street corner waiting for the pedestrian "walk" light ~~ that music you're hearing... it's not in your head. Many of the stop lights in and around downtown have speakers attached and have been set up to play music. They were originally installed as part of the tornado warning system, but some of Nashville's finest city workers got the brilliant idea to play Christmas music through them last year for fun. Their idea was a hit & now they're set up to play music all the time.
May 2010: In case anyone caught the blip on the news: yes, we had a severe flood here on May 1st & 2nd. It was a flood like no other and nothing like it has ever been seen before - hopefully it won't ever be seen again! The Cumberland River (the one that goes through downtown Nashville) rose to 52 feet above flood stage. Riverfront park, the train depot, and businesses all along 1st, 2nd, & 3rd streets filled with floodwater. It has been three weeks and there is still much to do all around Middle Tennessee... but, NASHVILLE IS OPEN FOR BUSINESS. We have cleaned up and opened back up in record time. All of your reasons for visiting, everything you love about this city... it's all still here and it's open & wanting your business. So, go ahead, schedule that vacation, convention, or business trip - we need your money now more than ever! :)
- Museum Visits
- Historical Travel
The District is an area that is being restored and protected due to its significant historical buildings such as 2nd Avenue, Broadway to Printer’s Alley. All these wonderful historical building are have all sorts of businesses. Loads of shops, pubs, cafe's, and restaurants. It was so much fun to walk and explore.
- Family Travel
- Budget Travel
- Road Trip
many visitors come to nashville to party and listen to country and western music. broadway street between the river and 5 th ave n. is lined with bars that offer country and western music. broadway is a fun place to visit for nashville nightlife.
- Historical Travel
The District covers about six blocks of Nasville's historic and famous nightlife areas on Broadway, 2nd Avenue, and Printers Alley. The area is famous for its live country music, numerous bars and restaurants, as well as its influence on country music. Besides song and dance, The District has several historical sites, primarily Ryman Auditorium and Fort Nashborough, alongside modern music venues such as the Nashville Convention Center, the Country Music Hall of Fame, Gaylord Entertainment Center, and the Schermerhorn Symphony Hall.
This area was the focus of our visit to Nashville, and it really seemed to be where all the action in the city was centered, except for a lively area near Vanderbilt University. We wandered around all three main streets of the district and a few of the side streets, stopping at a couple of bars on 2nd Avenue.
The Bellsouth Building
Nest unordinary attraction of Nashville along with its Parthenon is Bellsouth building, or the Batman Building, outstands among other skyscrappers of Nashville and turns this city into a modern one. The building is 33 stores tall, built in 1991-1994 by design of Earl Swensson Associates.
This building was intended to look like a telephone at the top. And the decorative bridge that supports the company’s logo does in some way resemble the receiver of a telephone in its cradle. But the addition of a pair of illuminated spires ruins the image creating an image turning it into Batman.
At the time of its completion, this was the tallest building in Tennessee.
Explore Downtown and "The District"
Downtown’s old warehouse district on the riverfront has now become a major dining and entertainment hub anchored by a plethora of destination restaurants (including Hard Rock Café) and lively night clubs. Here, you'll also find numerous souvenir shops catering to everything that is synonymous with Nashville. Directly across the river is Adelphia Coliseum, home field of the NFL’s Tennessee Titans. "The District" is walkable from many Downtown hotels. Downtown as a whole appears to be relatively safe based on the number of tourists seen walking around.
- Family Travel
In 1902 the 130 acre Centennial Park site was purchased by the City, making it the first private land in Nashville to be converted to a park. For over 20 years it remained Nashville's largest public park.
- Hiking and Walking
- National/State Park
A park with famouse replica of Parthenon and favorite place for many residents of Nashville for their walks, jogging,, picknicks, and fishing. The park was once a part of a 640 acre farm, purchased in 1783 for 50 cents an acre by pioneers John and Ann Robertson Cockrill.
It was used as a staging and assembly area during the War of 1812 and the Civil War, and had become a race course and fairgrounds before serving as the site of the 1897 Centennial Exposition celebrating Tennessee's first 100 years of statehood.
- Hiking and Walking
There's so much, but really, wandering through the city is my personal favorite. Downtown, known locally as the District has erupted with restaurants, bars, clubs, and shops, all in historic 19th century architecture. I know the Europeans are laughing, but a hundred years is old for us Americans.
The architecture, the vibe. In the summer, every Thursday night, there is a free concert at Riverfront Park, right on the Cumberland river: Dancing in the District. This is Nashville, so there is always one guarantee: the music is TREMENDOUS!
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